Dubai – Sharjah visit

For last few months, got opportunity to travel to, explore and work in Dubai, for over a short period of time. The place isn’t much interesting for IT in terms of development. Of course, service and maintenance is a market there.

I captured this opportunity more in terms of travel! My uncle and auntie were major pointers for weekend visits.

I also learnt from grand-auntie that before 30 to 40 years the land was simply dry and like unexplored-undeveloped place. A few tribes settled on shores of Gulf. Post 90s, real and infrastructural development started. According to uncle, real and considerable development happened in just a span of 10 years from 2000 to 2010. Economic crisis of 2009 slowed this. But by then its been pretty much developed.

In general local people are very much calm and little lazy. However the land has accepted expats warmly. Indians, Pakistanis,Philippi, African are dominating expats in head count.

In general place is very much tourist friendly – specially. Being born and brought up in India, developing country, it was next to impossible without compare.

Had both side of experiences from Bus transport – at times drivers failed to respond properly, on the other hand drivers used to stop bus for long time on seeing passenger coming towards. Height of unexpected support and help was that once driver jumped (there is no conductor – helper in public buses) from his cabin and lifted two of my trolley bags and wished for happy weekend!

Help desks on metro / bus stations were also very much useful place to plan in a direction.

Shopping is obviously very much fun and enjoyable experience. Taste of fragrance of perfumes to body sprays, and electronics – I just loved it. Customer retention and care is very much considerable. I too had such experience – On purchase of major electronics the bill had minor error. After reaching home I called them to check and manager asked to visit them next day. He accepted error and ‘gifted’ an SD card on my visit!

I indeed enjoyed cashless shopping.

FMCG shopping has never fun to me, even at departmental store. Of course, being a hub joining east and west,Dubai and Sharjah stores are full of varieties and options from both sides of world. I was amazed to find two date counters with so many varieties!

Overall public transport is very good. Of course, routes were altered frequently – a few stations also being dropped. But this is sign of improving and reviewing transport system. Most places in Dubai were approachable with metro or metro+bus. Taxis were also easily available. However my little experience with taxi drivers was not much good.

For now, I am listing table of places I visited:

Date Place Nearest point (metro / bus) Photos
17 June 2011 Wafi Mall link
18 June 2011 Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort Khalid Bin Al Waleed Metro Station link
Al Sabkha Abra Station Bur Dubai
Dubai Gold Souq Deira link
25 June 2011 Ibn Battuta Mall Ibn Batuta Metro Station link
Palm Jumeirah & Atlantis Hotel DubaiMarina Metro Station link
30 June 2011 Jumeirah Mosque Karama Metro Station link
Mercato Mall Karama Metro Station
Burj Al Arab Mall of Emirates Station, Nakheel Metro StationSeaside
Madinat Jumeirah Mall Mall of Emirates Station
Jumeirah Beach Residence – The Walk JLT Metro Station
9 July 2011 Mall of the Emirates Mall of Emirates Metro Station link
10 July 2011 Burj Khalifa 124 floor Dubai Mall station link
Internet City Internet City Metro Station

I started listing places very much late, till then I visited Sharjah Museum, Sharjah Gold Souk, Sharjah Corniche area, Dubai Mall, etc.

Here goes misc photos.

I am yet to enjoy desert safari, visit toAbu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Fujirah!

  1. Well said.. All the best…

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